VENTRAL HERNIA

Description

It is a bulge (of tissues) through an opening or defect within the abdominal wall muscles

Symptoms

  • Mild discomfort in abdominal area
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Outward bulging of skin or tissues in abdominal area
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Redness of skin over an abdominal lump
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • High fever

Causes

  • Abdominal surgeries
  • Congenital defect

Risk Factors

  • pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • History of previous hernias
  • History of abdominal surgeries
  • Injuries to the bowel area
  • Family history
  • Overexertion
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Diagnostic Tests

  • physical examination
  • CT scan
  • Ultrasound of abdomen
  • MRI

Treatment

  • Mesh placement surgery
  • Laparoscopic removal
  • Nonlaparoscopic

Lifestyle Management

  • Avoid lifting or pushing heavy objects
  • Avoid overexertion
  • Healthy diet
  • Follow recovery instructions and physical restrictions after surgery
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Manage constipation
  • Avoid straining to have a bowel movement
  • Quit smoking